Explorer.exe csrcs.exe

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Thread Starter
Sep 30, 2008
I found this problem after my computer rebooted un-prompted and when it had finished loading the only way to navigate was using ctrl+alt+del, there was no desktop unless I ran explorer.exe. I found this problem was quite common so I read a few other threads about it which directed me to the regedit file that instead of Explorer.exe, was called Explorer.exe csrcs.exe. I am not sure how long this has been on my computer but my question is, firstly how do I remove it, and second what exactly can it do? I'm mostly worried about keylogging. Thx. Any help is appreciated.


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Jul 23, 2007
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